By Charlotte Webster
This is the challenge Human Nature has set itself. By Human Nature I mean myself as founder, Tim Godwin, Creative Director and the growing number of international artists we work with. We’re an environmental art platform based in London, carving a space for artists and organisations who value nature to be heard, collaborate and enhance one another’s voice.
Our vision is a world in which nature thrives. Our artists and partners share that vision. The premise is simple, together we are more powerful.
The art and environment today
The political, commercial, technological and scientific direction we must take is clear. But I’m looking at the less defined role of the arts and culture in our transition to a low carbon society. Art as a means to touch emotions, be the visual, visceral, subtle, powerful means for change. Simply put, art changes people. Layered together with political and economic change it could, I believe, be the push over the line that society is looking for. The arts are the glue between the words of intention that cause true action, because nothing is more powerful than individual will. At scale, this is change. In the 1970’s music changed the world. Change is possible again.
It’s not a path unexplored, with a number of programmes looking to catalyse cultural change and public engagement in environmental issues. From immersive artist trips to the arctic to sculpture commissions, plays and more there’s been an increasing energy in the world of culture not least by London based Julie’s Bicycle, pioneers in behaviour change amongst the artistic community.
We caught a glimpse of the growing voice of the arts in Paris last December, from sculpture by Olafur Alisaon, to Shepherd Fairey, and the more interventionist work by Brandalism with their bus stop takeovers. In short, there is momentum. Artists are concerned, and it’s beginning to show.
But, given the transformative power of art, not enough is being done. We, by we I mean professionals and organisations involved in the transition, are at a junction where we must use every tool available to bring the world with us. We know the consequences of inaction only too well. We must dig deep for ways and means, and crucial – tap into passion, will and talent. In our hearts we know that The Paris Agreement is a good start, but for true transformation to occur we must continue with hope and optimism and be the change we want to see.